I don’t know about you, but I get great deals on frozen veggies at the store a lot. I use them for add ins to soup, steam them, or use them in casseroles, but those bags can really fill up a freezer, fast. I also have a habit of forgetting about those frozen vegetables until they are starting to get freezer burn on them. Did you know that you can dehydrate frozen vegetables, too? It is really easy, and a great way to store them without them having to be frozen. Some of the vegetables that work best are corn, mixed vegetables, onion, peas, broccoli, and squash. Here’s how to dehydrate your frozen veggies:
First, you want to break up the chunks of frozen food in the bag by hitting it on the counter a few times. If there are a lot of ice chunks in the bag, that’s okay, because it will go away while they are dehydrating. If you want, you can let the veggies sit out on a towel at room temperature for a bit to let some of that ice melt off.
Next, spread out the vegetables onto the dehydrating trays. You can do all one kinds of vegetables at a time, or several kinds, totally up to you. If you do different kinds, some may get done before others, just watch them closely.
Set your dehydrator temperature to around 125 degrees. This is the best temp for safely dehydrating them.
Let the vegetables dehydrate for around 6-8 hours. Some of them may be done around 6 hours, you will just need to start monitoring them at this point to check. Different vegetables will take different amounts of time, and the larger the vegetable chunks; the longer it might take for them to get completely dried out.
Once they are dehydrated, you have a few options. You can store them in airtight containers, in vacuum-sealed bags, in zipper bags (if you’ll be using them soon) or in vacuum sealed canning jars. If you opt for the jars, the dehydrated vegetables look really pretty sitting on a shelf, and can be used for decor, until you are ready to use them.
You can use your dehydrated vegetables as a toss in for soups and stews, or even grind them up and make a veggie powder to add into other recipes. Dehydrated corn can even be ground up to make your own cornmeal. How cool is that?
As you can see, dehydrating vegetables is really simple, and a great way to use older frozen vegetables hat are in danger of getting tossed or freezer burned. It’s a fun activity to do with kids as well. This is also a really handy skill to know should your freezer ever go out and you have bags and bags of frozen vegetables that you don’t want to go to waste. You can save them by dehydrating them, and still get to enjoy them. You can make your own dry soup mixes this way, and keep them in your emergency food stores, just adding some spices and then bagging them up.
Have you ever dehydrated vegetables? What method worked best for you?